Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Chad Smith has said that the band are due to begin recording their next album in July.
The album will be the follow-up to 2006’s ‘Stadium Arcadium’, and will be produced by Rick Rubin.
“We have a lot of material, probably about 20 songs,” the drummer told MusicRadar.com. “Pre-production will take a few months, but I’d say by July we’ll be laying down real tracks.”
The group’s 10th studio album will be the first to feature new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. He replaced John Frusciante, who left the group last year.
“We were sad to see John leave the band but he has to do what he wants and follow his path,” Smith said, adding that his replacement was a “natural fit”.
“Josh is a real creative force,” he said. “He’s going to play guitar, he’s going to write music, he’s going to sing and play keyboards. We’re all thrilled to have Josh be part of the group.”